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New role for police training motorcycle

CVAM

PCC Sue Mountstevens and PS Mike Olding outside of Police HQ present CVAM with the motobike

An ex police training motorcycle is to be given a new role of providing slow speed training to motorcycle enthusiast in the cheddar valley area.

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens presented the decommissioned motorcycle to the Cheddar Valley branch of the Institute of Advanced Motorcyclists (CVAM).

The bike was presented today (11 December) to CVAM secretary Tim Jeal and chief observer Nick Schroeter with the hope that the donation, as well as money from the Road Safety Initiative fund, will be used by the CVAM to train slow speed riding across the Avon and Somerset region.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I am delighted to be able to present the Cheddar Valley Advanced Motorcyclists with this decommissioned motorcycle.  I hope that this, alongside the support from the Road Safety Initiative fund, will help them with their efforts in training motorcycle riders. 

“I’ve been fortunate enough to meet and hear from the group first-hand and think it’s great that they get together and take a collective responsibility towards riders’ safety.  I share the group’s passion for road safety and recognise the importance of making sure everyone who uses our roads is given as much protection as possible.”   

During 2015 there have been 41 fatal or serious injury collisions involving motorcyclists resulting in 23 fatalities in the Tri Force area (Avon and Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire). Although they represent only 1% of total road traffic, motorcyclists account for 19% of all road user deaths.

Sergeant Mike Olding, Associate Coordinator of the CVAM, organised the donation and has been running BikeSafe courses for over 13 years, he said: “Slow speed riding is key to learning motorcycle control and confidence. Most riders are cautious of using their own bikes for fear of damage so this bike will be used to allow members to practice without risk to their own bikes and will be used off of the public highway.”

The bike being donated is a Honda Deville 650 cc, which is known for being small, light and easily manoeuvrable vehicle. It was originally intended to be sold at auction but was rescued, at the last moment to be donated to help support driver safety.

For more information about the Cheddar Valley Advanced Motorcyclists visit www.cvam.org.uk

Posted on Friday 11th December 2015
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